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Hecla Mining Company

Hecla Mining Co. reports financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Hecla Mining Co. - Wheaton Precious Metals Corp, Pan American Silver Corp., Coeur Mining, Inc., Silver Standard Resources Inc., Endeavour Silver Corp., Tahoe Resources Inc., Silvercorp Metals Inc. and MAG Silver Corp. (WPM-US, PAAS-US, CDE-US, SSRI-US, EXK-US, TAHO-US, SVM-US and MAG-US) that have also reported for this period.

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 146.64 million, Net Earnings of USD 26.83 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 24.28% to 22.24% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 34.87% from 34.88%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 104.21% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings rose compared to same period last year, despite decline in operating and pretax margins.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

Revenues (mil)146.6162.5183.5177137.1
Revenue Growth (%YOY)6.941.183.171.715.4
Earnings (mil)26.820.325.824.1-0.618
Earnings Growth (%YOY)4442.1132.2360.8190.4-104.9
Net Margin (%)18.312.514.113.6-0.45071
Return on Equity (%)
Return on Assets (%)

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